Working Groups Participants 2019 - 2020


Technical Officer, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization programme, WHO, DENMARK







Programme Manager Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization, Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, WHO, DENMARK







Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, and honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, UNITED KINGDOM

I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. My research focuses on the interactions between hosts and pathogens which result in severe infectious diseases, particularly severe malaria. 


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Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Julius Center Research Program Infectious Diseases, University Medical Center Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS

Patricia Bruijning-Verhagen is an associate professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences of the UMC Utrecht and clinical epidemiologist at the Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance of the RIVM. She is a registered Pediatrician (2008) and Epidemiologist B (2013). She conducted her PhD work on rotavirus epidemiology and vaccination at McGill University and Utrecht University (2013).

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Lead for paediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital Reykjavik, and adjunct lecturer at the University of Iceland, ICELAND

Dr. Thors is an active member of the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases as a member of the Committee for Scientific Affairs and Awards and is furthermore the president of the Icelandic Society of Paediatrics. He is also a member of the Scientific council at the Landspitali University Hospital and one of three members of the board managing paediatric specialty training in Iceland. He is a member of the specialist advisory group (NITAG) for childhood immunisations in Iceland.

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Paediatric infectious diseases specialist, Head of Children Vaccination Centre under Children Clinical University Hospital, Riga, LATVIA

Ass.Prof. Dace Zavadska is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist currently working as senior PID specialist and the Head of Children Vaccination Centre under Children Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia and associate professor in Riga Stradins University, and takes the position of the Chair of the State Immunization Council (NITAG) under Ministry of Health of Latvia.


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CEO and Founder of ZN, BELGIUM

Author of 'Hyperthinking', Phil Weiss is an entrepreneur and strategic thinker who has been working with leading corporations for the past two decades. He speaks for audiences around the world on range of topic related to digital communication, disruption, innovation and technology. 



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Honorary Professor of Paediatrics, Paris VII University, FRANCE

Professor Catherine Weil-Olivier gained her medical degree in Paris and since 1989 has been Professor of Paediatrics at the Paris VII University, France. Between 1995 and 2005, Professor Weil-Olivier was Head of the Dept of General Paediatrics at Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (Hôpital Louis Mourier Colombes, Hauts de Seine, France). Since two decades, professor Catherine Weil Olivier has been working in the vaccinology field on different aspects.  She was an expert for the French Drug Agency (AFSSAPS, now ANSM) from 1995 to December 2008, working in the technical group for the registration of vaccines, antibiotics and anti-virals.

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Professor emeritus of virology and paediatrics. Director of Vaccine Research Center, FINLAND

Professor Timo Vesikari, MD, PhD, is the Director of Vaccine Research Center at the Tampere University. His previous positions with the University include Professor of Pediatrics (1981–1987) and Professor of Virology (1991–2012).  Professor Vesikari is a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases with particular research interest in virology and viral vaccines. 


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MARC VAN RANST, Professor, Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Head of the Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology (Rega Institute), BELGIUM

Marc Van Ranst was born in Bornem, Belgium on June 20, 1965. He graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Leuven in 1990. From 1985 on, he trained at the Rega Institute for Medical Research in Leuven. From 1990 to 1993, he worked at the department of microbiology & immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and received his Ph.D. degree in virology in 1994.

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